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Relax in magical Sassi of Matera

Entire home/apt

4 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Charming cave dwelling w/relax area in the heart of the Sassi. It perfectly blends the magical feel of the old tufa caves with all modern comforts.The owners family has got an international background and fluently speaks English,French & Japanese

The space

Deluxe suite with relax area.
The apartment is a perfect mix of ancient cave and modern comforts. It is located in the heart of Sassi in the Casalnuovo district, one of the oldest parts of the scenic sasso caveoso.
The house is dug in the soft calcareous tufo stone and is a typical underground vaulty dwelling. It is an open space of over 100 square meters with a large patio looking at sassi where you can enjoy scenic aperitif and relaxing chats.
The entrance to the apartment is completely independent for your privacy. One of the main feature of the apartment and the terrace is that they are completely indipendent and you will not share anything with other people or guests, assuring you a complete privacy. The house is equipped with all comforts such as a kitchenette, fridge, fireplace, TV, bathroom with a powerful shower, WI-FI.
The relax area lies in the lower level where the cellar was originally located and includes a large bath tube and massage mats. Ideal location for a relaxing week-end!
The four-poster bed and the magical feel makes the location an ideal retreat for couples.
An extra DOUBLE sofa-bed is available for families and group of friends (maximum 4 people). Babies up to 5 years old sharing the bed with their parents don't pay any extra charge. For those of 5 y.o. and up the extra bed rate is 20,00 euros per person.
Upon arrival the apartment will be cleaned and provided with clean linen and towels; the daily cleaning of the house and change of linen is at guest care. While you are choosing your holiday home in Matera be sure to carefully check if the one you choose is easy to join. Many of them are on stairways or narrow streets where it tiring even to join them because parking lots are far. Ours is on the main street, and even if Sassi district is a pedestrian area on pre-defined hours of the day, you can easily park the car in some parking spots very close to the apartment, in the worst of case at 200-300 mt. The same distance also from a private patroled parking lot.
NEW: The Municipality of Matera has recently estrablished the tourist tax: it is due from all tourists arriving in Matera for maximum the first two nights of their stay. The tax must be collected upon arrival in the apartment and is 1,00 Euro per person per night. Please ask me if any doubt about the amount to pay.

Guest access

Guests have access to the kitchen, the relax area, the patio and all the equipments of the house.
The fridge is stuffed with food and beverages to let our guests prapare their breakfast by themself and the kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils.

Interaction with guests

I live upstairs with my family and the units have different entrances. An interphone connecting my house with the suite is available for any requests and I am generally staying at home when I have guests. I like to welcome guests with warmth and at the same time respect of their privacy. I gladly assist with information and ideas to make the stay in Matera more enjoayable.

Other things to note

Unlike many other facilities in sassi area that can only be reached by foot, our house is very close to some parking spots. Sassi district are accesible by car only on some pre-defined hours. For exemple in the morning until 10.30 is possible to get in and so very easy for the check out to come just in front of the door to take baggage and leave. Easy reach for families with children.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 2PM - 8PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 24 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 36
Weekly Discount: 5%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 2PM - 8PM

Being an eco-friendly family, we kindly ask our guests to follow some simple eco-tips: keep your showers short, and shut off the water while you're brushing your teeth.
When you leave the room, turn off the heating, television, lights or any other electric devices. Reuse your towels instead of having them changed often. We thank all our guests for sharing with us this concern being convinced that all these little actions will contribute to keep Earth greener!


This host has a Moderate Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 7 days of the trip and get a 50% refund of the nightly rate, as well as a full refund of fees.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay.
From Jul 1 - 8, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

114 Reviews

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Matthew User Profile
July 2017
Once we made the reservation @ Francesco's place, we looked over the photos many times in the days before arriving, wondering if it would be as wonderful as we hoped. Truly, it was even better than our highest expectations. Francesco is a dream host, with a dream home, in a perfect location. Every detail has been considered and prepared in anticipation of your very comfortable stay. Many extra comforts were provided, includong a pre-stocked refridgerator. Really, we can't even think of a suggestion to improve it. We saw other similar cave-style airbnb's for less and considered them, but are so pleased we chose Francesco's place for our stay - it was completely worth it and was the highlight of our stay in Italy. We recommend it 100%. Enjoy!
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Response from Francesco:
Dears, you make me proud to be an Airbnb host! :-) Arrivederci :-) Francesco
July 2017

Yvetta User Profile
June 2017
Amazing place and Francesco is great. Do not hesitate to stay here. Matera is a wonderful place to go. Bathtub is the best.
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Response from Francesco:
Dear Yvetta & Scott, thank you for your great review. Enjoy the rest of your holiday! :-) Francesco
June 2017

David User Profile
June 2017
A magical place, unmatched, romantic, elegant and comfortable. Our host was 100% available for all of our needs. Amazing resaurant nearby.
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Response from Francesco:
Dear David & Kerry, thank you so much for staying in my apartment. Arrivederci :-) Francesco
June 2017

Yew Leong User Profile
June 2017
Bravo! Francesco was the perfect host, from the extra effort he took to pick us up from the bus station to the care with which he communicated and prepared us for our stay. The well-appointed house is everything that the pictures have described and more. (Can a cave be this luxurious? Yes, it can!) This was one of my most memorable Airbnb experiences, hands down. Don't hesitate to reserve this gem of an accomodation—you won't get a better experience, in my opinion!
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Response from Francesco:
Well....I am completely speechless because of your wonderful review. I am happy you have had a positive impression from my cave and remember: You promised me to come back!! :-) :-) Arrivederci, Francesco
June 2017

Tom User Profile
May 2017
Matera is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful cities in Italy. The city of Matera and the Sassi are incredible to explore. I wouldn't have wanted to explore from anywhere else than Francesco's home. It's located in the heart of the Sassi with 3 wonderful restaurants within 200 feet of the home. The patio is even better than the pictures. It's private and secluded. If you stay in Francesco's Sassi you will be spoiled and you won't regret it. They have transformed this Sassi into a 5 star accommodation. Finally, Francesco is incredibly communicative and helpful. He fills up the refrigerator with snacks and he was also always available to answer questions. It's a confusing city (there isn't a traditional grid system) but he was happy to come and meet us when we couldn't even locate parking. You get your money's worth when you stay here and you will leave with a lifetime of memories. P.S. My mother loved the pull away bed so much that she already bought it from IKEA when we returned. So if you are worried about the perfect Sassi having only bed, don't be. It's incredibly comfortable :). Thank you Francesco! We will be back
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Response from Francesco:
Dear Tom, thank you very much for your positive and accurate review. I appreciate a lot and I hope one day to see you and your Mom again here in Matera :-) Francesco
May 2017

Alexandra User Profile
May 2017
Wow, what an amazing place to stay,and what an amazing town.very romantic.very interesting area,and Francesco is so kind and helpful.wonderful little restaurants very nearby,especially the trattoria you can see from the gorgeous balcony. Francesco's cave is even better than in the photos.We will never forget our days there. Do yourself a favour,book it if you can,experience of a lifetime.thank you so much Francesco!
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Response from Francesco:
Dear James and Sandy, your review makes me proud to be an Airbnb host. Grazie mille e arrivederci! :-) :-)
May 2017

Mirjam User Profile
May 2017
The location, atmosphere and service of Francesco were absolutely great. Not only did we have a fairytale like stay, but Francesco helped us a lot with contacts for our photo assignment. Without his help, we could not have worked the way we did now. Matera, the sassi, the hospitality and lovely little eateries nearby all contributed to a wonderful stay. "Molte grazie e arrivederci!"
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Response from Francesco:
It has been a pleasure to help you. Keep in touch! :) Thanks, Francesco
May 2017

Matera, ItalyJoined in July 2013
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Instancabile curioso verso tutto ciò che è arte, natura, storia e Matera offre tutto ciò in maniera perfetta. Grande viaggiatore con la fortuna di aver vissuto all'estero per molti anni in Paesi meravigliosi e contrastanti. Tireless curious towards everything that is art, nature, history and Matera offers all these things blended in a perfect way. A great traveler with the good fortune of having lived abroad for many years in wonderful countries.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Français, 日本語
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